Although authentic pizza is available throughout the Little Italy neighborhood, it is rare to find a location that sells by the slice. Opened in 2009, Landini’s has built a strong following for its genuine Sicilian-style pies and other traditional baked meals. Its success can be measured by the lines of patrons patiently waiting along India Street to grab a taste of the hand-tossed thin crust. At least a dozen styles are available in the window for a quick bite, and a little patience will award you with any special-order pie. Choose from the more traditional pepperoni, sausage and meatball or the more adventurous combinations like BBQ chicken, spinach, artichokes and jalapenos. Daily specials include various topping combinations that appeal to any palate. Calzones, stromboli and paninis are prepared with freshly prepared dough or bread. Or opt for a dish of pasta and salad. Local craft beers and wine are also offered.
Seating is available inside and along the front sidewalk. For a respite from the traffic and noise along India Street, be sure to visit their back patio. It’s an oasis of shaded tables with seating for up to fifty people and a small fountain to help you relax. Unlike most establishments in the neighborhood, Landini’s is open until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, appealing to late-night revelers in search of a quick bite. Free delivery is available for locals, with your pie transported the old-fashioned way: a one-speed bicycle powered by two feet. (1827 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 238-3502; www.landinispizzeria.com)
©San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond, By Maria Desiderata Montana